Melding Talents with a Career in Bioprocessing

Science

July 15, 2011

By Emma Hitt

Bioprocessing is an expanding field encompassing any process that uses living cells or their components (e.g., bacteria, enzymes, or chloroplasts) to obtain desired products, such as biofuels and therapeutics. As with other fields considered under the broader scope of biotechnology, bioprocessing draws upon multiple areas of knowledge, but especially molecular biology, chemical engineering, and manufacturing. With advances in biotechnology and an ongoing need for pharmaceuticals and sustainable forms of fuel as well as cheaper, more effective ways to make them, the opportunities in bioprocessing, at both the undergraduate and graduate level, are looking promising. ...

"The bioprocessing field spans processes yielding a few grams of product worth millions of dollars per gram (e.g., some pharmaceuticals), to processes yielding millions of tons of products worth a few cents per pound (e.g., some biofuels)," says Lee Rybeck Lynd, professor in environmental engineering design, at the Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.

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